Ian Healy Agrees to Serve as Brisbane Heat Chair Person
Queensland and Australian wicket-keeper of century Ian Healy will be the safe hands behind the Brisbane Heat after agreeing to serve as the club’s Chair person.
Healy will head up the Heat committee that acts in an advisory capacity to the Queensland Cricket Board.
Healy, a founder of the Bulls Masters and a past President of the Australian Cricketers’ Association, joined the QC Board earlier in the year.
The Heat committee for 2019-20 also contains Chris Hartley, the wicket-keeper in the Heat’s BBL|02 championship team, and former Queensland and Australian pace bowler Kirsten Pike.
Pike, the deputy chair of Queensland Cricket, played in the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire team that won the 2013-14 WT20 title, the precursor to the successful rebel Women’s Big Bash League.
One of Queensland’s finest home-grown products, Healy was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2008, as well as being named as the wicket-keeper in Cricket Australia’s Team of the 20th Century.
He played 119 Tests for Australia, and at the time of his retirement, held the world record for the most Test dismissals (395) by a wicketkeeper, a record he held until being surpassed by Mark Boucher (SA) and then fellow Australian Adam Gilchrist.
He also claimed 234 dismissals in one-day cricket. He amassed 4356 Test runs, including four centuries, with his highest score of 161 coming against the West Indies at his beloved Gabba in 1996.
Leading sporting business figure Chris White, the Managing Director of International Quarterback and a director of the Bulls Masters, is also a Heat committee member.
Healy, the uncle of Australian wicket-keeper Alyssa, said he was honoured to be invited to be part of the Heat.
“In the nine years the Heat have been in existence, their importance to Queensland Cricket has grown with every season,’’ he said.
“As well producing a significant financial contribution to Queensland Cricket, the Heat bring families together and provide them with a memorable experience every summer holidays,’’ he said.
“The boys and girls who watch the BBL and the WBBL are inspired by their heroes in teal, and that helps grow our game. I’m excited to be a part of the club and look forward to working with the rest of the committee and helping out where I can.”
This weekend sees the rebel Women's Big Bash League in action at Allan Border Field, with four matches played across Saturday and Sunday.
The Brisbane Heat will be in action against the Perth Scorchers (Sat) and Hobart Hurricanes (Sun) each day at 1.10pm.
The Adelaide Strikers are the fourth team involved in the WBBL Festival weekend and take on the Scorchers and Hurricanes.
The morning matches start at 9.40am each day with gates open from 9am.
Limited tickets remain for sale through Ticketek.com.au for both days with adults $10 and children free.
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